Best Practices for Schools
By Bill Couzens
Recently I was asked what a good policy would be for schools when schools embark on working with “applications” where the environment and human health may be effected.
This concerned parent, like many with children with asthma, was worried about respiratory concerns for her child.
An application process where the environment and human health could be effected may include anything from maintenance projects such as painting to the spreading of grass seed.
A best practice for these types of activities would be to schedule times when children are not in school.
While for some, to the naked eye something like spreading grass seed may seem relatively benign.
Not so for the child with asthma. Especially in light of the posable corrosive dust from spreading seed.
Often grass seed blends are coated with fungicides and insecticides.
An additional issue for those parents that are careful about reducing the unnecessary and preventable exposures to toxins.
If there is ever question of concern for human health in these types of circumstances there is little harm in preventing unnecessary exposures especially relative to children in school.
In addition to the above suggestion of preventing exposures, schools should be notifying parents where there is the potential for the environment to be compromised and or changed in a way where the health of the child could be effected.